Nuages [Naxos]

Nuages [Naxos]

by Django Reinhardt
     
 
In 1940, with the classic Quintette du Hot Club de France lineup now history, Reinhardt began a year's worth of varied jazz activity in the shadow of the Nazi invasion and occupation. For starters, he recorded with a most unusual big band, one with no drummer, led by an acoustic guitarist -- himself -- and featuring arrangements that veered from the dark timbres of

Overview

In 1940, with the classic Quintette du Hot Club de France lineup now history, Reinhardt began a year's worth of varied jazz activity in the shadow of the Nazi invasion and occupation. For starters, he recorded with a most unusual big band, one with no drummer, led by an acoustic guitarist -- himself -- and featuring arrangements that veered from the dark timbres of earliest Ellington (the Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli "Tears") to some heavy yet convincing Euro-swing ("Daphne"). The Quintette per se would soon reappear but in revamped form, with clarinetist/saxophonist Hubert Rostaing taking the spot of the departed Grappelli, the addition of drums, and downsizing the guitar brigade from three to two pieces -- Django and his brother Joseph. This ensemble swerved off the beaten path immediately with the forbidding "Rythme Futur," based upon an unnerving tritone pattern. Almost half of the CD is taken up by a single marathon session from Dec. 13, 1940, where Django and various Quintette lineups take on everything from classical cats Grieg and Kreisler to another of those early swingers, "Swing 41," and a mordant reminder as to what day it was ("Vendredi 13," or "Friday the 13th"). A follow-up session on Dec. 17 yielded a thriller, the chug-chugging "Oiseaux des Iles." On the last session of the year nine days later, Django tried again to field a big band, expanding to 16 pieces, with somewhat heavy-set results. A fascinating collection, loaded with material not often encountered, well-remastered, though the brasses shatter a bit on the big band sides.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943272626
catalogNumber:
8120726

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Django Reinhardt   Primary Artist,Guitar
Alix Combelle   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Baritone,Tenor (Vocal)
Pierre Allier   Trumpet
Christian Bellest   Trumpet
Max Blanc   Alto
Philippe Brun   Trumpet
Noel Chiboust   Tenor (Vocal)
Andre Ekyan   Alto
Pierre Ferret   Guitar
Pierre Fouad   Drums
Georges Jacquemont   Tenor (Vocal)
Guy Paquinet   Trombone
Piguilem   Trumpet
Alex Renard   Trumpet
Hubert Rostaing   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Rovira   Bass,Double Bass
Emmanuel Soudieux   Bass,Double Bass
Christian Wagner   Alto
Maurice Gladieu   Trombone
Joseph Reinhardt   Guitar
Aimé Barelli   Trumpet
Pierre Deck   Trombone
Charlie Lewis   Piano
Gaston Moat   Trombone

Technical Credits

Edvard Grieg   Composer
Fritz Kreisler   Composer
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Philippe Brun   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
David Lennick   Producer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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